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30th July, 2014 - 1:51 pm
primus saver uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Budget Internet and phone provider Primus Saver, which last week confirmed plans to scrap their old packages due to low uptake (here), has taken the wraps off their new unlimited broadband package bundles (expected to be introduced on 1st August 2014).

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30th July, 2014 - 1:23 pm
wales abc broadband eligibility

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The Welsh Government‘s Access Broadband Cymru (ABC) scheme, which offers grants worth up to £1,000 per premise in areas which have “slow broadband connections” (i.e. sub-2Mbps), has in an attempt to correct for earlier criticisms been opened up to more homes and businesses (including those in areas that could already benefit from Superfast Cymru investment with BT).

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30th July, 2014 - 1:02 pm
telegraph pole broadband maintenance

Author: Mark Jackson | 11 Comments

Sky Broadband’s 12 month trial of a new 950Mbps (Megabits per second) capable GPON based Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) network in the town of Basingstoke (Hampshire, England) has been hit by complaints from locals who object to the installation of new telegraph poles, which are apparently deemed unsightly by residents of Hackwood Road.

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30th July, 2014 - 9:29 am
countybroadband_uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Wireless ISP County Broadband has secured £200,000 worth of funding from the Colchester Borough Council and the new investment will be used to help serve local businesses, but sadly not homes, with access to superfast broadband speeds of greater than 30Mbps (Megabits per second).

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30th July, 2014 - 9:06 am
bt openreach logo uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

BTOpenreach, as part of its new commitments to Ofcom, has this week moved to make more information available about the performance of their work to maintain BT’s national UK telecoms and broadband network (e.g. repair and new service installation appointment times etc.), although it’s all very basic.

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30th July, 2014 - 8:05 am
shetland fibre optic cable ship shefa2

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The Shetland Islands, which reside someway north of Scotland, have once again suffered a serious break in their main SHEFA-2 (Faroese Telecom) submarine (subsea) fibre optic cable, which links the remote communities broadband and phones services with the UK mainland.

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30th July, 2014 - 7:41 am
bt uk isp logo

Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

Last summer’s attempt by BT’s consumer division to attract student customers onto its broadband packages by offering a shorter 9 month contract may have backfired after the operator initially failed to honour its commitment and instead charged those whom attempted to leave for additional months, often including a £30 exit fee and £55 HomeHub charge.

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30th July, 2014 - 1:01 am
wales uk counties map

Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

The Superfast Cymru scheme, which is working to make faster broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps available to 96% of premises in Wales by the end of spring 2016, has today announced the next 66 new locations across 10 local authority areas that will be enabled for “high speed fibre” (FTTC) by BT in time for June 2015.

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29th July, 2014 - 3:09 pm
wifi wireless internet access

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

The HotelWiFiTest website has added a seemingly clever new feature that claims to predict the wireless Internet (WiFi) speed you will receive in most major hotels around the world, which can be used alongside data collected from existing speedtests to help people pick a hotel that suits their needs. But there may be trouble ahead..

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29th July, 2014 - 2:15 pm
good_housekeeping_broadband

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

In a strange twist of almost completely unrelated industries a recent edition of Good Housekeeping Magazine has awarded PlusNet’s broadband and phone service the ‘Reader Recommended‘ award after 82% of surveyed readers with the ISP said they would definitely or probably recommend them to a friend.

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29th July, 2014 - 9:59 am
united kingdom money map

Author: Mark Jackson | 6 Comments

The United Kingdom has one of the world’s most aggressively competitive broadband ISP markets and a new report from Point Topic helps to put this into some context by showing how we compare with other major countries and the variance of our tariffs. In terms of entry-level tariffs, we are ranked 7th in the world, albeit behind some odd front runners including Sudan, India and Belarus etc.

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29th July, 2014 - 8:02 am
shropshire bduk broadband rollout map

Author: Mark Jackson | 10 Comments

The Shropshire County Council (SCC) has been dealt another blow in its on-going attempts to secure £11.38m of funding to extend their coverage of superfast broadband to 95%+ by 2017 after the UK Government refused to allow the council to match the funding allocation by drawing on £7.5m set aside via the new Local Growth Deals.

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28th July, 2014 - 11:19 am
5g mobile broadband

Author: Mark Jackson | 6 Comments

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will this week announce the UK capital city’s long term infrastructure investment plan to 2050 and predicted that the “world’s first” major deployment of future 5G based Mobile Broadband technology will also be rolled out there by 2020. Obviously.

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28th July, 2014 - 8:10 am
city_of_london_square_mile_uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 37 Comments

The City of London Corporation has criticised BT for an “unacceptable” failure to deliver superfast broadband connectivity to businesses based within the heart of London’s Square Mile, which it hopes to put right by developing a new strategy and launching a campaign to help map demand for the service.

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